Minister’s comments come as scientific adviser says ‘very, very tough choices’ ahead to control Covid

Michael Gove has said reopening schools in January will involve “trade-offs” with other coronavirus restrictions as one of the government’s top scientific advisers said there would be “very, very tough choices” to keep the virus under control in January.

A decision is likely to be taken on Monday by Downing Street and the Department for Education as to whether schools can reopen on schedule in the face of calls from scientists for a delay to the staggered start to act as a firewall since limited Christmas mixing was permitted across parts of the UK.

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